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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Colon to Puntarenas

Expedition Central America with Panama Canal - an explorer's paradise in four countries

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Colon to Puntarenas
Cruise INS2306
01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023 (13 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2306
    Cruise dates
    01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023

    Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua are brought together for a route that takes you through the Panama Canal to paradise islands, exotic animals, volcanic worlds and Mayan mysteries.


    Young Explorers
    International cruise
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    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials - Combine cruises and save 35%

    Extend your stay with the cruise INS2305 and/or the cruise INS2307 and save thanks to attractive guaranteed prices. For further information click here.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Voyage for Young Explorers

    For 10- to 17-year-olds during school holidays: young explorers on board.
    Youngsters look at the world through different eyes: on hikes through the wilderness, Zodiac rides and age-appropriate workshops. On selected cruises, discover the proven expedition concept from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for young people aged 10 to 17. You can find further information here.

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    Your ship - HANSEATIC inspiration

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration took place in Hamburg on 11 October 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC nature (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2021), the small and state-of-the-art expedition ship explores remote destinations and visits the world’s most fascinating natural landscapes on challenging routes.

    The new expedition class – which offers space for a maximum of 230 guests (or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises and Spitsbergen circumnavigations) – sets standards in terms of variety, comfort and personal space. This is why our ship has more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Find out more! HANSEATIC inspiration was launched in October 2019.

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC inspiration

    Outside Cabin
    • approx. 22 m²/237 ft² cabins on Deck 4, 5 and 6
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Panoramic Cabin
    • approx. 21 m²/226 ft² Cabins on Deck 5
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • There is one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404)
    French Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 21/23 m² (226 ft²/248 ft²) Cabins on Deck 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 27 m²/291 ft² Cabins incl. balcony (approx. 5 m²/54 ft²) on Deck 5, 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Junior Suite
    • approx. 42 m²/452 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private balcony (approx. 6 m²/65 ft²)
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    Grand Suite
    • approx. 71 m²/764 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private veranda (approx. 16 m²/172 ft²) with space heaters
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    • Free choice of Zodiac group
    Cruise
    INS2306
    Cruise dates
    01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023

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    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 01.04.2023

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Panama City
    Journey to Colon

    Saturday, 01.04.2023

    Colon/Panama, overnight stay on board

    Sunday, 02.04.2023

    Colon/Panama, departure 5.00 hrs
    Daytime passage through the Panama Canal

    Between the Atlantic and the Pacific, in the heart of Central America, the HANSEATIC inspiration opens new doors to tropical worlds each day. The locks of a world-famous waterway are some of the first of these gateways to welcome you. What more magnificent way to start your route of exploration than a daytime passage through the Panama Canal? You’ll find out the answer on board as you marvel at the banks of the 80 km (50 mi.) long canal from the inspiration Walk or from the glass balconies. The daytime passage will take you past savannahs, jungle and wild mangrove forests, whilst the experts on board tell you all about the history and operation of this lifeline.

    Monday, 03.04.2023 to
    Tuesday, 04.04.2023

    Panama (Isla Iguana, Chiriqui National Park)

    On Isla Iguana, the soft sand and crystal-clear water invite you to relax and swim. People are a rarity here, but there’s a chance of spotting magnificent frigate birds and iguanas. Perhaps you might fulfil a dream of snorkelling with sea turtles. The same wonders are found on the islands of Chiriqui National Park, fringed by coconut palms. Immerse yourself in this paradise world with an independent shore visit. Secluded bays, blue sky, the turquoise Pacific: simply divine.

    Wednesday, 05.04.2023 to
    Thursday, 06.04.2023

    Costa Rica (Puerto Jimenez , Quepos)

    Historic colonial cities, sparkling blue sea, a diverse animal kingdom and evergreen rainforest: Costa Rica demonstrates in impressive fashion why its name means “rich coast”. More than a quarter of the country consists of protected national parks, making it one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Go in search of these treasures with the HANSEATIC inspiration. The small town of Puerto Jimenez was still a magnet for gold prospectors until around 1975. Today, there are amazing animals and nature to be found here. With a little luck, a dolphin-watching trip in the Golfo Dulce* will find a variety of species – including whales and sea turtles. A visit to a cocoa farm* will quite literally give you a taste of the “brown gold” and an insight into how it is grown and processed. A modern city centre surrounded by white sandy beaches lies ahead as your expedition ship reaches Quepos. In the 1930s, this idyllic coastal resort was the main port for the export of bananas. Today, the main trade here is in fish and oil palms. The picturesque scenery with lush green rainforests is a true feast for nature lovers’ eyes and on a hike in the Manuel Antonio National Park*, the experts will guide you as you make some incomparable animal sightings. Sloths, iguanas and capuchin monkeys are just a few of the native animal species to be found here. A boat trip through the mangrove forest* will reveal just how diverse life below the water is. 

    Friday, 07.04.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 08.04.2023

    Acajutla/El Salvador, from 7.00 to 21.00 hrs

    Today, Acajutla is home to the country’s most important port. Idyllic bays, diverse plants and picturesque sandy beaches – hike along green, overgrown cliffs and enjoy culinary delights under the magnificent palm trees.Along the water’s edge are multifaceted neighbourhoods and countless beaches, where surfers and SUP lovers will be entirely in their element. Explore the west of El Salvador by buggy* along dusty tracks and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lagoons and the Cordillera de Apaneca mountain range with the Ilamatepec volcano. The cultural heritage of the indigenous population will show you the mystical small town of Izalco*, one of the last places where the Pipil language Nawat is still spoken.

    Sunday, 09.04.2023

    Puerto Quetzal/Guatemala, from 6.00 to 20.00 hrs

    From Puerto Quetzal, you will set out on a hike to the Pacaya volcano*, which has been active almost continuously since 1962 – an amazing natural spectacle. Once you’ve arrived at the top, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape from the summit. Colonial Antigua* has the feel of an open-air museum of Spanish baroque architecture as you explore the old town with its churches, monasteries and convents.

    Monday, 10.04.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 11.04.2023

    Playa del Coco/Costa Rica, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Surrounded by palm-fringed beaches and rocky bays, the former fishing village of Playa del Coco is a lively gem and perfect for exploring independently. “Coco Beach”, as it is called by the locals, is the ideal starting point for numerous water sports and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the white sandy beaches or raft down the Corobici River* with its dense tropical vegetation. With luck, you may spot various species of bird or monkey. Discover the bubbling mud pools of the volcano’s hot springs on the Rincon de la Vieja volcano hike*.

    Wednesday, 12.04.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 13.04.2023

    Isla Tortuga/Costa Rica
    Puntarenas/Costa Rica, arrival 19.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    Central America has saved its most magnificent paradise for last at the end of your cruise. Isla Tortuga invites you to take a dip on its idyllic beaches. With a little luck, you’ll spot plenty of animals here: squid and dolphins as you snorkel or monkeys and exotic birds on a hike with your experts. Even if the many beautiful natural treasures leave you speechless, this cruise speaks volumes.

    Friday, 14.04.2023

    Puntarenas/Costa Rica

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 14.04.2023

    Journey to San Jose
    Scheduled flight from San Jose to Germany

    Saturday, 15.04.2023

    Arrival in Germany

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    The following programmes are offered in German:

    Our proven pre- and post-cruise programmes

    Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PANAMA CITY
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CONTRASTS OF PANAMA – RAINFOREST AND SKYSCRAPERS
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: COSTA RICA'S RAINFOREST AROUND THE ARENAL VOLCANO
    Cruise
    INS2306
    Cruise dates
    01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023

    HANSEATIC inspiration - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC inspiration

    How do you combine exciting adventures with the utmost comfort? Our new expedition class has the answers. Enjoy first-class service and unforgettable moments in the world’s most spectacular regions – in the company of a small group of no more than 230 guests (or 199 guests for Antarctic expeditions and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen).

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    Cabins & Suites

    In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins and suites, curved lines, natural colours and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

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    Restaurants & Bars

    Come with us on a culinary voyage of discovery around the globe: on board, three spacious first-class restaurants create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

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    Fitness & Wellness

    A breathtaking Zodiac ride, a challenging hike, a day in the Arctic ice – then close your eyes, feel the heat and indulge your senses. Align your inner compass with total well-being – whether in the ocean-view sauna of the OCEAN SPA, with a relaxing massage or with a workout in the Sports Club.

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    Knowledge on board

    Your shore excursions and Zodiac rides will be accompanied by countless natural wonders that will leave you speechless. But to see the bigger picture, you need to understand the background. The HANSEATIC inspiration takes your expedition to the next level with fascinating presentations, personal studies in the Ocean Academy and the perfect equipment for the research trip of your life.

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    Cruise
    INS2306
    Cruise dates
    01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
    Cruise
    INS2306
    Cruise dates
    01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
    Price specials - Combine cruises and save 35%

    Extend your stay with the cruise INS2305 and/or the cruise INS2307 and save thanks to attractive guaranteed prices. For further information click here.

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